DIY Holiday Gifts: Lanterns

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Holiday Lanterns

Looking for a great DIY craft for your kids that you can use as gifts? Make a lantern!

Another super easy and fun DIY project for the holidays that you can do with your kids. Listen to the instructions in this Green Divas DIY podcast, then read on for the deets.

Making a lantern is an easy DIY craft that uses things you already have in your house. One of the supplies you need is parchment paper which you will probably have out anyway.

It’s a great craft for kids and will keep them occupied while you’re baking your holiday cookies. And lanterns make a great gift for grandparents and aunts and uncles. glass jars


~ Markers, crayons or paint (choose eco-friendly, toxic-free!)
~ Parchment paper
~ Glass jar (any size)
~ Tape
~ 100% Beeswax votive candle (or flameless, for young children)


Hopefully you’ve saved up some glass jars! Remove the labels.

FullSizeRender-2Cut the parchment paper the right size to just wrap around the jar and so that it’s at least one inch higher than the top of the glass jar. If you want to get fancy, cut the top with a special scissor to give a different edge.

Next give the kids the parchment paper and have them draw with markers whatever they want. If they need suggestions… winter scenes, family portraits, or other things that would be special to the person they’re making it for (sometimes it’s fun to see what kids think of).

Have the kids use markers if possible. The colors are more vivid and show up well on the parchment paper.

Once they’re done drawing wrap the paper around the glass jar and tape it. Place the flame less votive candle in and that’s it. You’re done!

Once the kids get started, they might not want to stop. Go through your fridge for expired condiments, clean out the jars and you’ve got more materials for them to use. 

Make sure the kids sign and date it. They’ll love to look back and see what they created when they were younger.


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Green Diva Leigh'

Born an environmentalist, I won a recycling poster contest in third grade and never stopped caring about the environment or telling people how to protect it. I am a working mother of two kids who spends all my time when my kids are asleep reading and writing about environmental issues. I have a blog and write for other publications as well. I love Pinterest and Instagram so you can always catch me there!

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1 Comment

    Katy December 24, 2014 at 1:59 pm -  Reply

    These are adorable. We’ve used tissue paper and painted it on the glass with a mixture of glue and water– it makes a nice watercolor look and glows in the dark in a lovely way.

    Thanks for posting!

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